1. Prohibition

prac_info 548 5th Ave • Closed Wed; reservations through website only • Adm

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A small, intimate jazz bar with perfect martinis and a laid-back crowd that comes for the great music and exceptional service. The bar has the feel of a private members club but it welcomes all.


Plush interior of Prohibition

2. Onyx Room

prac_info 852 5th Ave • 619 235 6699 • Closed Mon, Wed & Sun • Adm Thu–Sat

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At this chic basement club, order the cocktail of the month and settle back in a vibrant lounge atmosphere. Upstairs is the Onyx’s sister bar Thin, where the unique “engineered” drinks and atmosphere are the epitome of urban cool.

3. Fluxx

prac_info 500 4th Ave • 619 232 8100 • Open 9pm–2am Thu–Sat • Adm • Dress code applies

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More of an experience than a club, Fluxx showcases top music events, custom sound and lighting, a huge dance floor, a VIP section, and bottle service. DJs mix up hip-hop, top 40, rock, and electronic sounds.

4. El Dorado Cocktail Lounge

prac_info 1030 Broadway • 619 237 0550 • Adm

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This classy boutique martini lounge with Wild West bordello-themed decor offers an amazing variety of entertainment, such as dance parties, DJs, live music, and art shows. The nightly events, top-notch service, and exceptional variety of drinks, including specialty cocktails, draw in the crowds.

5. RoofTop600

prac_info 600 F St • 619 814 2055 • Adm

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Located inside the Andaz Hotel, this nightclub is a glittering nightspot with sexy dancers from Thursday to Saturday. An open-air rooftop lounge combines DJ sets with private cabanas and panoramic views of the downtown skyline.

6. Cafe Sevilla

prac_info 353 5th Ave • 619 233 5979 • Adm

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This restaurant-nightclub offers everything Latin. Tango and flamenco dinner shows are held in the Spanish restaurant, while instructors teach salsa and samba downstairs. You can practice your moves to the live bands that perform afterward. The basement becomes a Latin/Euro dance club on Friday and Saturday nights.


Latin-style decor at Cafe Sevilla

7. Casbah

prac_info 2501 Kettner Blvd • 619 232 4355 • Adm

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Underground alternative rock rules at this grungy club. Famous and future bands turn up the decibels every night. Past headliners have included The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Kills, Futuristic, and Monsieur Periné.

8. The Tipsy Crow

prac_info 770 5th Ave • 619 338 9300 • Adm after 9:30pm Thu & after 8:30pm Fri & Sat

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Set in a historic building, the Tipsy Crow occupies three floors. Upstairs are marble fireplaces, tapestries, and a library; on the ground level, a long mahogany bar serves drinks of choice; while the downstairs hosts live music and the Gaslamp Comedy Show.


Exterior of the Tipsy Crow

9. Humphrey’s Backstage Live

prac_info 2241 Shelter Island Dr • 619 224 3577 • Adm for most bands

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Enjoy a variety of live music nightly at this waterfront lounge with an unbeatable view of the bay. Come early for a terrific happy hour.

10. National Comedy Theatre

prac_info 3717 India St • 619 295 4999 • Adm

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Held on Fridays and Saturdays, the National Comedy Theatre’s improvisational shows are family-friendly and popular. The audience chooses a game for each show, and decides the winner.


1. Spin

prac_info 2028 Hancock St • 619 294 9590

Three floors of bars and a dance club.


The main dancefloor at Spin

2. Cheers of San Diego

prac_info 1839 Adams Ave • 619 298 3269

This dependably divey beer and wine bar has been in business since 1982.

3. The Brass Rail

prac_info 3796 5th Ave • 619 298 2233

San Diego’s oldest gay bar.

4. Urban Mo’s Bar & Grill

prac_info 308 University Ave • 619 491 0400

Rowdy, hetero-friendly drag club.

5. Pecs

prac_info 2046 University Ave • 619 296 0889

Gay Harley-Davidson enthusiasts frequent this popular bar.

6. The Gossip Grill

prac_info 1440 University Ave • 619 260 8023

A lesbian restaurant and bar with a sensual atmosphere and great food.

7. Number One Fifth Ave

prac_info 3845 5th Ave • 619 299 1911

Video bar, pool table, and patio.

8. Numbers

prac_info 3811 Park Blvd • 619 294 7583

Pool tables and two dance floors.

9. Rich’s

prac_info 1051 University Ave • 619 295 2195

Dancing go-go boys and girls.

10. Lips San Diego

prac_info 3036 El Cajon Blvd • 619 295 7900

Drag shows and crowded Sunday brunches, with a cover charge.

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